Michael J. Fox ~
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I started reading this book really not knowing much at all about Michael J. Fox, except for the fact that he has Parkinson’s Disease. Of course I knew that he was in “Family Ties” and “Spin City” (although I watched neither show), and I probably watched “Back To The Future” somewhere along the way although I can’t really remember it, so his acting career wasn’t a big lure in me deciding to read this book. The way I have seen him deal publicly with his debilitating diagnosis is what drew me to this book.
If you are hoping to learn a lot about the life of Michael J. Fox, this probably isn’t the book for you. I found this book in the autobiography section of one of my favorite used bookstores. However, I wouldn’t really call this an autobiography. This book is more about his thoughts on things like parenting, politics, the science of Parkinson’s research and other things he is heavily invested in. Nonetheless, I found this book very interesting (aside from the politics section – it slowed me down quite a bit).
Right after I read the section in the book about Rush Limbaugh mocking him on his radio show, Rush Limbaugh infamously called that law student who wants health coverage for birth control a prostitute (among other things). It really is funny how sometimes the things we read run parallel to real life.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is suffering from a debilitating disease of any type or anyone who would just like a more optimistic approach to life in general. I found this book to be very good and I learned while reading it that Michael J. Fox does in fact have an autobiography entitled, “Lucky Man” which I have since purchased and hope to be reading later this year.
Michael J. Fox comes across to me as a VERY intelligent person. He also talks about how he quit high school to pursue his acting career, and that decision obviously did not hold him down in the slightest. He has done extensive charity work and fundraising for Parkinson’s Research and he has pretty much devoted his entire life to this cause since semi-retiring from acting. I think his story is remarkable and I can’t wait to read “Lucky Man” so that I can learn more about him.